Bean to give organ recital at FUMC

Organist Allen Bean performs classical music in this undated photo. The Virginia-based musician will headline a free concert Sunday night at First United Methodist Church in Morristown.

First United Methodist Church is welcoming another musician to the Lakeway Area.

Organist Allen Bean will perform in a recital Sunday night at the FUMC sanctuary on East First North Street in Morristown. The organ recital, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is one of several music performances as part of the church’s fine arts series held throughout the year.

“The idea of (the concert) is as a gift to the community,” said Ben Stapleton, music director at FUMC. “The configuration of the church goes well for a concert like this.

“We want to open this up to the community because of the wonderful acoustics (of our sanctuary).”

Bean, a Richmond, Virginia-based pianist and organist, will be performing several pieces on the FUMC pipe organ, including Handel’s “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba,” Bach and Francois Couperin, as well as 20th-century composers like Healy Willan and Jehan Alain, a French pianist and composer who was killed in battle during World War II.

Bean has been Music Minister for Saint Bridget Catholic Church in Richmond since October of 2005. He is the primary organist for parish liturgies. Before coming to Saint Bridget, he was Director of Music at Good Shepherd Episcopal also in Richmond, and Trinity Episcopal Church in Vero Beach, Florida.

Bean has served in leadership positions with the American Guild of Organists, the Museum District Neighborhood Association, and The Yale Club of Central Virginia. He holds degrees from the University of Tennessee, Yale University and was an International Exchange Scholar to Manchester University in England from 1982 to 1983.

Bean has familial roots in Morristown through his parents. His father, John Bean, tuned pianos at several churches in the area for decades.

Stapleton met Allen Bean in Morristown several years ago, and said he has always wanted Bean to perform at the church, but scheduling conflicts shut down previous opportunities to bring Bean to FUMC.

“He does a lot with his parish in Richmond. I talked to him about (coming to Morristown) and doing a concert a few years ago,” said Stapleton, who has served as director of music ministries at FUMC since 2013. “He wasn’t able to come here to play when we talked earlier, but we worked it out for him to play for us this year.”

The organ recital is free to attend. For more information, contact FUMC at 581-2180.